More Championship action set for Wednesday evening...22/11/2017
The Championship is set for further action on Wednesday evening with Ipswich Town (David McGoldrick) playing host to Sheffield Wednesday (Keiren Westwood) while Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph, Cyrus Christie) take on visitors Birmingham City. Current leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers (Matt Doherty) welcome Leeds United (Eunan O'Kane) to Molineaux.
Championship action on Tuesday evening...21/11/2017
The midweek Championship programme continued on Tuesday evening with steadily improving Aston Villa (Conor Hourihane, Glenn Whelan) securing a two one success over struggling Sunderland (John O'Shea, Aiden McGeady, Darron Gibson). Fourth place Bristol City (Callum O'Dowda) went down to a two one defeat at home to Preston North End (Alan Browne, Kevin O'Connor) while Derby County (Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce) defeated visitors Queens Park Rangers (Ryan Manning) by two goals to nil. Millwall (Aiden O'Brien) and visitors Hull City (David Meyler) played out a scoreless draw at the Den while Daryl Murphy, rested at the weekend, returned as expected for Nottingham Forest and scored the only goal for victory over Norwich City (Wes Hoolihan). High flying Sheffield United were on the wrong side of a nine goal thriller as visitors Fulham prevailed by five goals to four at Bramall Lane. Enda Stevens was again in the starting eleven for the 'Blades' while sixtieth minute substitute Samir Carruthers scored a late consolation goal.
Premier League contest on Monday evening...20/11/2017
The Premier League continued on Monday evening with Shane Duffy in his customary central defensive role for Chris Hughtons' Brighton & Hove Albion who twice came from behind to draw two each with visitors Stoke City.
Irish set for Sunday afternoon league action...19/11/2017
It will be interesting to see if young Declan Rice fits in with the plans of new West Ham United manager David Moyes. Rice was on the bench for the two nil defeat at Watford in the Premier League this Sunday afternoon. The Championship meeting of Leeds United and Middlesbrough saw Eunan O'Kane dropped to the substitute bench, with only a few brief minutes of action at the end as his side held on for a two one success over Darren Randolph and the visitors. Suspension ruled out Cyrus Christie.
Saturday afternoon in the Premier League...18/11/2017
The Premier League resumed on Saturday afternoon with Harry Arter in action and scoring for AFC Bournemouth who defeated visitors Huddersfield Town by four goals to nil while the Burnley quartet of Stephen Ward, Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick, who all started and unused substitute Kevin Long secured a two nil success over Swansea City at Turf Moor. Shane Long started for Southampton in their three nil defeat at visit Liverpool while James McClean saw just a few minutes of playing time as his West Bromwich Albion were crushed four nil by visitors Chelsea. The late kick-off saw Rob Elliot and Ciaran Clark start for Newcastle United who went down to a four one defeat by hosts Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Championship action on Saturday afternoon...18/11/2017
David Meyler was a very late substitute for Hull City who were held to a two all draw by Championship visitors Ipswich Town for whom David McGoldrick, a surprise omission from the final Ireland squad last week, started and scored after six minutes. The Aston Villa duo of Glenn Whelan and Conor Hourihane started in their two one victory at Queens Park Rangers. Keiren Westwood and Callum O'Dowda were in opposition when Sheffield Wednesday and Bristol City played out a scoreless draw at Hillsborough. John O'Shea, Aiden McGeady and Marc Wilson started for beleaguered Sunderland, who are set to annouince the appointment of former Wales boss Chris Coleman as their new manager, in their two all draw with Aiden O'Brien and his visiting Millwall colleagues. Matt Doherty scored for Wolverhampton Wanderers, in their two nil victory at Reading, which returns them to the top of the Championship table.
Championship resumes following international break...17/11/2017
The Championship resumed this Friday evening with Prerston North End playing out a scoreless draw with local rivals Bolton Wanderers at Deepdale. The hosts included Alan Browne, Andy Boyle and Kevin O'Connor in their starting eleven with Daryl Horgan a sixty eight minute substitute.
Denmark hand Ireland crushing home defeat...14/11/2017
Denmark handed Ireland a crushing five one defeat at the Aviva Stadium this evening to secure their place at next years World Cup finals in Russia. Ireland got off to an excellent start and took the lead on six minutes through a towering Shane Duffy header. Sadly, that was as good as it got, for thereafter the visiting Danes proved immeasurably better in all aspects of play and while some small degree of good fortune surrounded their equaliser on twenty nine minutes, thereafter Ireland were simply demolished with Erikson scoring a trio of goals and the fifth coming from a penalty in the final minute. A dismal exit from the 2018 World Cup stage with some strange substitutions lending further to a bewildering and belittling evening.
Under 21s suffer added time defeat in Norway...14/11/2017
Our U21 side lost their unbeaten record when they conceded an added time winner to Norway in Drammen early this evening. The hosts took a ninteenth minute lead but Jake Mulraney levelled matters on thirty two minutes. The remaining hour or so provided fairly even exchanges with the heartache of the ninety first minute winner knocking Ireland of their top of the table position following the five two victory for Germany in Israel.
Starting eleven for Dublin this evening...14/11/2017
Martin O'Neill has named his Ireland starting eleven for this evenings World Cup play-off qualifier second leg against Denmark in the Aviva Stadium tonight :- D Randolph; C Christie; S Duffy; C Clark, S Ward: H Arter; D Meyler (c) ; R Brady, J Hendrick, J McClean; D Murphy.
Under 21s take on Norway in UEFA Qualifier...14/11/2017
Head Coach Noel King has named his Ireland U21 starting eleven for their 2019 European Championship Qualifier against Norway in the Marienlyst Stadium, Drammen at 6pm (Irish time) this Tuesday evening. Team:- K O'Hara; D Kane, S Donnellan, R Sweeney, C Whelan; D Rice, J Cullen (c), H Charsley; J Mulraney, R Manning, R Curtis.
Squad complete training session on Monday morning...13/11/2017
With no injury concerns announced publicly, the full compliment of Ireland players, including the now suspension free David Meyler, took part in a training session in Abbotstown on Monday morning. A family bereavement forced the departure of Rob Elliot with Colin Doyle re-joining the squad.
U18s at Invitation Tournament in Spain...13/11/2017
Jim Crawford led a squad of twenty to Murcia in Spain this week to compete in a Quadrangular Under 18 Invitation Tournament. Ireland went down to a three nil defeat by Belgium on Thursday afternoon in the Pinatar Arena and followed with a crushing eight nil defeat by Holland on Saturday evening in the same venue. We completed our involvement with another disappointing four one defeat on Monday afternoon against the Czech Republic.
Ireland play out scoreless draw in first leg qualifier...11/11/2017
Ireland played out a scoreless draw with Denmark in the first leg of this evenings World Cup play-off qualifier in Copenhagen to set up a night of decision in the Aviva Stadium next Tuesday evening. Tonights contest will not live long in the memory, a brave but dour performance in which the hosts had two clear opportunities to score but failed on both occasions. Goalkeeper Darren Randolph had much to do with the clean sheet and was Irelands 'man of the match'. The back four were again solid while Harry Arter consigned Danish dangerman Erikson to relative obscurity. The remainder of the players were diligent and industrious, with the poor free kick deliveries from Robbie Brady being the one significant disappointment.
Starting eleven for Copenhagen this evening...11/11/2017
Martin O'Neill has named his Ireland starting eleven for this evenings World Cup play-off qualifier first leg against Denmark in Copenhagen:- D Randolph; C Christie; S Duffy; C Clark (C), S Ward: H Arter; R Brady; C O'Dowda, J Hendrick, J McClean; D Murphy.
Under 21 players in midweek club action...08/11/2017
Some of our Under 21 players were in mid-week action for their clubs in the Checkatrade Trophy competition. Centre back Ryan Sweeney, on loan at Bristol Rovers from Stoke City, scored for his club but they went down to a four two defeat by visitors Swindon Town. Striker Joe Quigley, on loan at Newport County from AFC Bournemouth, also suffered disappointment as his club went down to a two one home defeat by visitors Cheltenham Town. There was a happier outcome for Liam Kinsella at Walsall, as his club secured a one nil victory at Shrewsbury Town. Fellow defender Shaun Donnellan, on loan from West Bromwich Albion, was an unused substitute.